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April 2023

Issue 112






SPIE.online: A special online forum for the polarization community


SPIE.Online hosts the popular Henri Poincare Webinar Series on Optical Polarization and Related Phenomenon on the last Tuesday of each month. Here are the upcoming event and featured speaker in this series:


Tuesday, 25 April 2023, 6:00 AM PT (25 April | 13:00 UTC)

Olga Munoz, Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia of the Spanish Research Council

Characterizing cosmic dust particles with polarimetry


More information and register at:


APOLO-2022 special issue in JQSRT: deadline extended


The deadline submission for APOLO special issue ``Advancement of POLarimetric Observations: instruments, calibration, and improved aerosol, hydrosol and cloud retrievals `` has been extended to June 1st, 2023.


To access the submission portal, please visit the following page and chose ``Submit your article `` tab:


Authors must select ``APOLO-2022 Full length Article`` in the drop-down list of Select Article Types when submitting their article. More information on this Special Issue and submission guidelines can be found on the webpage above.


Best wishes,

Ahmed El-Habashi, NRL Washington DC



Cosmic Dust meeting


WEBSITE: https://www.cps-jp.org/~dust/


VENUE: Kitakyushu International Conference Center, 3-9-30 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi

Fukuoka 802-0001 JAPAN



DATES: Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11, 2023



This series of Cosmic Dust meetings aims at finding a consensus among experts on the formation and evolution of cosmic dust: where it comes from and where it goes. The meeting is organized by dust freaks who are very enthusiastic not only to make the goal achievable but also to establish a dust community across every scientifically relevant discipline for the development of cosmic dust research. For this reason, the primary objective of the meeting is to bring together professionals who deal with cosmic dust as well as provide an opportunity for the cosmodustians to develop interpersonal relationships and scientific interactions among themselves.



24 April 2023, Deadline for Early-Bird Application

8 May 2023, Deadline for Admissions Application

31 May 2023, Notification of Admissions Decision

7-11 August 2023, Cosmic Dust



Hiroshi Kimura <dust-inquiries@cps-jp.org>

Please mind that any email attachment will be blocked.



All kinds of cosmic dust such as

-intergalactic dust

-circumnuclear dust

-interstellar dust

-protoplanetary disk dust

-debris disk dust

-cometary dust

-interplanetary dust

-circumplanetary dust

-stellar nebular condensates

-presolar grains




-regolith particles

-planetary aerosols

are the subject of discussion.


The meeting is open for any aspects of dust research by means of different methods of studies (in-situ and laboratory measurements, astronomical observations, laboratory and numerical simulations,

theoretical modeling, data analyses, etc.). Also welcome are papers on dust-related topics, for example:

-the formation of molecules and their reactions on and their desorption from the surface of a solid substance

-light scattering by non-spherical particles and particulate surfaces

-space missions and instrumentation for measurements of particulates



Thomas Henning (MPIA, Germany) ``Dust formation in the interstellar medium``

Russell Howard (Johns Hopkins Univ., USA) ``Recent observations of the F-corona/interplanetary dust close to the Sun ``

Sebastian Marino (Univ. of Cambridge, UK) ``What dusty exoKuiper belts tell us about planetary system ``

Veerle Sterken (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) ``Synergies between dust and heliospheric science from the Lunar Gateway ``

Naoki Watanabe (Hokkaido Univ., Japan) ``Physicochemical processes on cosmic ice dust ``

Xuejuan Yang (Xiangtan Univ., China) ``Chemical structures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons ``



This time the meeting will be held on the island of Kyushu for the first time, the third largest island of Japanese five main islands famous for world's most active volcanoes (https://www.jma.go.jp/en/volcano/map_6.html). Kitakyushu city is the gateway to the Kyushu island from the main land of Honshu, separated only by 650 m (http://ssl.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/page/studyinkitakyushu/en/about/). It is also known as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites as Japanese Meiji Industrial Revolution (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1484/gallery/&index=13&maxrows=12).



Please complete online meeting application at the CPS website in order to attend the meeting. The deadline for the application is May 8, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Japan Standard Time (UTC+09:00). Because the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 50, the online application does not guarantee admission to the meeting. Participants will be determined at the discretion of the SOC and all applicants will be notified of the admissions decision by May 31, 2023. Priority will be given to those who contribute oral or poster sessions and retain enthusiasm for discussions throughout the meeting. For further details, please visit the Cosmic Dust website.




The early bird rate of 10,000 JPY (ca. $75) is available for those who complete both admissions application and abstract submission by April 24, 2023. The registration fee for those who complete admissions application on and after April 25, 2023 is 15,000 JPY (ca. $110). While no payment is required at the time of admissions application and abstract submission, the registration fee should be paid once admittance is guaranteed. No matter what circumstances are specified, the registration fee will not be waived. The payment of the registration fee permits free admission to all scientific sessions, daily coffee breaks, a banquet, and an excursion.



The best poster award will be given to the most excellent content and presentation of a poster at the Cosmic Dust meeting, although higher priorities are given to posters by students and junior scientists. The award winner will be announced in the closing minutes of the meeting.



Jean-Charles Augereau (IPAG, France)

Cornelia Jager (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany)

Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University, Japan)

Hiroshi Kimura (Chitec/PERC, Japan) [Chair]

Ludmilla Kolokolova (University of Maryland, USA)

Aigen Li (University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)

Hiroki Senshu (Chitec/PERC, Japan)



Hiroki Chihara (Osaka Sangyo University)

Takayuki Hirai (Chitec/PERC)

Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University)

Hiroshi Kimura (Chitec/PERC)

Hiroshi Kobayashi (Nagoya University)

Takaya Nozawa (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Takaya Okamoto (Chitec/PERC)

Tomomi Omura (Osaka Sangyo University)

Takafumi Ootsubo (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Hiroki Senshu (Chitec/PERC) [Chair]

Takashi Shimonishi (Niigata University)

Koji Wada (Chitec/PERC)



The Cosmic Dust meeting started in 2006 as a session called ``Cosmic Dust`` of the 3rd AOGS (Asia-Oceania Geoscience Society) annual meeting in Singapore. Dust freaks have kept on organizing the session at subsequent AOGS meetings in Korea (2008), India (2010), and Taiwan (2011). The Cosmic Dust series has been recognized as the most successful session of the AOGS Planetary Sciences Section. In 2012, the time was ripe to be free from organizing restrictions on the AOGS meeting. From that time on, the Cosmic Dust meeting is totally independent of any international conferences and professional associations. The past meetings on Cosmic Dust have been held in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere. So will be the coming one!


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